This song was written by Majrooh Sultanpuri and composed by S D Burman, was picturised on Sunil Dutt and Nutan for the film Sujata 1959. It is a “phone” song, where Sunil Dutt rings up Nutan and sings this song on phone. Well, there were very few phones in 1959 ( exactly sixty years ago) and singing a song on phone was not good for one’s telephone bills those days unless one was doing it for very important reasons.
Bimal Roy, the producer-director of the film wanted this song to be sung by Mohammad Rafi but Burman Da was not in favour, then the name of Manna Dey was suggested but Burman Da was looking for someone else.
SD Burman was always very particular about the voice of his singer to be matched with his composition. For this song, he asked Rafi, Manna Dey to sing back the tune to him over the phone. He was not satisfied with the texture he wanted for this song.
It is said that it was Jaidev who was his assistant in that film suggested the name of Talat Mahmood for this song. Burman Da agreed and asked Talat to sing the tune over the Telephone. On listening to the tune on the phone Burman da immediately decided that this song will be sung by Talat only.
And indeed, the soft silken voice of Talat sounds so wonderful in this song that made the song immortal
The beauty of this song is not only: its music, its words but also its picturization, Talat’s incomparable singing, Nutan’s acting—and, though often overlooked, also Sunil Dutt’s acting.
Watch in the first verse, for instance, the earnestness in his face as he sings: as if he’s trying to be absolutely word-perfect, not one note out of place, focusing on his song and yet also addressing that girl he loves, who’s listening at the other end of the line. Then, as the song progresses, he begins to relax—not just physically stretching out, but also smiling more easily, letting himself feel more comfortable, more confident that she’s liking his song…